If you have decided not to take on campus accommodation you can usually find good accommodation for rent near most Universities and Colleges.
If you are going to rent a house /apartment with a number of other students the following may be of some use to you:
- Always look for a Letting Agreement from your Landlord –do not agree to a verbal letting.
- Read the agreement carefully –in particular the rent to be paid per week/month. If it is a monthly payment clarify whether the Landlord means a calendar month or four weekly –this can make a difference.
- Deposit – agree the circumstances under which the deposit is to be retained –this should normally only be due to damage being caused to the property or rent not being paid. In all other circumstances the deposit should be refundable.
- It is always a good idea to take photographs of the property prior to the commencement of your tenancy and again before you move out. This way if a dispute arises you will have evidence of any pre-existing damage.
- Most landlords will provide an inventory of the contents of the property. Make sure to check this is accurate when you move in. If your landord does not provide an inventory it is useful to make a note of the contents for your own records.
- If you are sharing with a number of students all of them should be asked to sign the agreement. Otherwise if one or two leave you will be responsible for payment of the entire rent and any damage which may have been caused to the property.
- If you have been supplied with a TV in the property ensure that the License is in the landlords name –we have come across a situation where a student was prosecuted for not having a license even though he had left the property and the landlord owned the TV.
- Ensure that the date of commencement of the lease and date of termination coincide with your academic year!!
For more information check out the PRTB website:-